• College baseball: Cowboys, Sooners setting Big 12 pace

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The Cowboys and Sooners have been good at times during the Big 12 era, yet rarely conference-contender good in the same season. Yet as the two teams chug toward their Bedlam Series clash in two weeks, there’s a solid possibility of a high-stakes showdown when they collide in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

  • Jordan Spieth struggles in 1st round after Masters win


    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — It's been quite some time since Jordan Spieth had to explain a performance this poor. The Masters champion had a post-Masters letdown in the opening round Thursday, shooting 3-over 74 to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par. He blamed it all on himself — and not the two-day celebratory media tour in New York this week. "I didn't drive the ball well, didn't particularly strike my irons well. My chipping and putting weren't there," he said. "It was just an off day." And the sort of performance that stands in stark contrast with how Spieth played the past month.

  • Steve Novak compares Thunder fans to Packer fans

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Steve Novak grew up in Wisconsin. Which means he’s a Green Bay Packers fan. And in Novak’s two months with the Thunder, he sees a lot of cheese-like quality in Oklahoma City’s fandom. The airport reception at 12:45 a.m. Thursday removed all doubt. Hundreds of Thunder fans greeted the team upon its arrival back from […]

  • Buffalo Dunes to host 2017 NJCAA Division I golf championship


    Garden City’s Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, rated among the top municipal golf courses in Kansas and around the country, has added another feather to its cap by being named the host site for the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I Golf Championship. The tournament, which is a 72-hole, four-day event, will be played the week of May 14-19. Buffalo Dunes’ head professional, Cole Wasinger, said the recent vote by the NJCAA Championship Events Committee culminated a nearly year-long process after putting together the city’s bid to host the event. Approximately 20 to 25 teams, most of which are comprised of five players, will compete in the tournament.

  • Arkansas' momentum in doubt after losses of Portis, Qualls


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Following the early departures of top scorers Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls, Arkansas' momentum after reaching the NCAA Tournament appears in jeopardy. Coach Mike Anderson, however, believes the school is equipped to handle the losses of the top two scorers from a team that finished second in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas (27-9) ended its six-year NCAA Tournament drought this season, earning a No. 5 seed and winning its first tournament game over Wofford before falling to North Carolina. Portis and Qualls combined to average 33.4 points per game this season, with Portis earning SEC Player of the Year Honors.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Iowa, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon, Chi. White Sox at Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m., Baltimore at Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Cincinnati at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m., Texas at Seattle, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, KTOK-AM 1000 AUTO RACING 10 a.m., Grand Prix Practice, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67 12:30 p.m., Xfinity Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Xfinity Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) NHL 6 p.m., Ottawa at Montreal, CNBC (Cox 41) 6 p.m., N.Y. Islanders at Washington, NBCSN (Cox

  • Media notes: ABC/ESPN's main broadcast crew to call two first-round games in 24 hours

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    On Saturday, the crew will cover New Orleans at Golden State game at 2:30 p.m. The team will then fly to Cleveland as the Cavaliers open their first-round series against Boston at 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Charles Barkley says a healthy Thunder team will be the favorite to win the championship

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Barkley calls the idea of firing coach Scott Brooks “one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”

  • Kansas guard Greene has surgery to repair torn hip labrum


    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas guard Brannen Greene had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and the extensive recovery will cause him to miss the World University Games in July. The Jayhawks are serving as Team USA for the tournament in Gwangju, South Korea. Greene's surgery was performed by Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tennessee. Greene will be on crutches for about eight weeks and will not return to the court for about five months. That still puts him on pace to be ready for his junior season. Greene started two of 35 games for Kansas last season, averaging 5.7 points. He shot 40.4 percent from beyond the arc, and went 5 for 5 from 3-point range while scoring a career-best 19 points in a 7

  • West Virginia signs top scoring JUCO player Myers


    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed junior college transfer Teyvon Myers. Coach Bob Huggins announced Myers' signing Thursday. The 6-foot-2 guard was the leading scorer among junior colleges last season, averaging 25 points at Williston State in North Dakota. He made 45 percent of his field goals and shot 85 percent from the free-throw line. Huggins says Myers brings some much-needed offense. The Mountaineers endured shooting woes last season and suffered their worst-ever loss in the NCAA Tournament, 78-39 to Kentucky in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Myers joins 6-foot-8 forward Esa Ahmad and 6-foot guard James Bolden in West Virginia's recruiting class.

  • Oklahoman Little All-City Player of the Year Tyler Lester worked his way to another level

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Tuttle’s senior guard piloted the Tigers’ run to their first state tournament appearance. He made 113 of the 219 3-pointers he attempted as a senior, averaging 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game.

  • Oklahoman Little All-City boys basketball first team

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Find out more about each of the players on the first team.

  • Oklahoman Little All-City boys basketball roster

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Yesterday

    Find out who the first team, second team and honorable mention players are for the 2014-15 season.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Recapping Oklahoma's 2015 Red-White spring game

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Kendrick Perkins 'shocked' at Thabo Sefolosha's alleged involvement in incident with NYPD

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins shares the sentiment of other players in the NBA who were surprised by the news of Thabo Sefololsha being involved in an incident with police last week. Per Michael Lee of the Washington Post . Perkins "couldn’t believe that his former teammate would even be involved in such an incident." A police report from Sefolosha's arrest in New York City said an officer "observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction" of another officer.  “I was very shocked because Thabo is so laid back. He’s so not drama. He runs away from drama,” Perkins said. “As far as I know him, that wasn’t ever a guy that was going to cause any distractions. I’m not just saying that, he’s really a good dude, a great guy. It’s unfortunate that he’s got to deal with this.” "If he did anything to warrant that, that’s one thing. But the stories that we get, he didn’t do anything to warrant that," Washington Wizards forward Rasaul Butler said. "I understand that they have a scary job to do and they want to use force to make sure they get home at night. It’s understandable, but somebody in that group had to know that was Thabo Sefolosha. Somebody in that crew knew that was an NBA player. I feel like it’s another way it could’ve been handled.” Sefolosha, who is in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage in the arrest, which will force him to miss the rest of the season. Earlier this week, Sefolosha released a statement saying his injury " was caused by the police ."

  • First Serve program taking its next leap in Oklahoma City

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    The organization First Serve will expand its tennis camps to up to 150 kids this summer.

  • WATCH: Ex-Globetrotter flies solo for 2015's alley-oop of the year

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    If you want something done right, sometimes you've just got to do it all yourself, Mashable reports. Former Harlem Globetrotter Angelo Sharpless threw down what may stand as 2015's alley-oop of the year this week. The most impressive part? He flew solo for the ruthless dunk, playing the roles of both assister and finisher — much to the chagrin of one hapless defender.

  • NBA players to be tested for HGH starting next season

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NBA players will be blood tested for human growth hormone beginning next season, The Associated Press reports. The league and the Players Association announced Thursday that HGH testing will start during training camp next fall. All players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually — two during the season and once in the offseason. A positive test will result in a 20-game suspension for a first violation and a 45-game ban for a second violation. A player would be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for his third violation.

  • Mountain West announces sponsorship of tourney in Cayman Islands


    It sounds like a Caribeann getaway could potentially be in the future for Air Force basketball. The Mountain West on Thursday morning announced that it will be sponsoring an annual eight-team tournament in the Cayman Islands to begin in 2017. The participants haven't been announced, but the conference is guaranteed to have a team in the field. Here's the full press release sent out by the conference: CAYMAN ISLANDS TO HOST COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN 2017 GEORGE TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS - Global Sports Management, in partnership with Caymax Sports LTD, is announcing a new eight-team college basketball multi-team event that will start in November of 2017.

  • VIDEO: Thunder fans greet players at airport in the wee hours

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09, but the fans wouldn't miss the team's return to town. Thunder fans came out en masse to greet the players as they got off the team plane early Thursday morning. The Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-113 Wednesday night in Minneapolis. This video (via Alonzo Adams) was reposted on the Thunder's Instagram account. “NOTHING like a welcome home from Thunder fans! Greeting the team at the airport at 12:45am! #GetUpGetLoud," the Thunder's Instagram account said.